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3 Simple Ways to Build Consistency

Because Consistency is the Key to Success!

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Because life is unpredictable and complicated, you need to have plan B ready—even before you actually need it. Plan B is an alternative way to stay consistent with your goals when your regular routine (or something else) doesn’t work out as planned. Obviously, you can’t foresee every single problem that might come up. But most of the time, the things that get in your way are things that happen fairly often—like kids getting sick, extra hours at work, or days when you just don’t feel very energetic. Those surprises won't throw you off track if you plan ahead. For example, have a friend or family member lined up to stay with your kids so you can make it to the gym; stock your freezer with some healthy meals when you're short on time; stash your exercise clothes at the office for a quick workout when you can't get away.

Put a little time into identifying the most common problems that disrupt your healthy routine, and plan (in advance) what you can do to handle these problems without sacrificing your diet and exercise routine. Then all you’ll have to do is put your plan B into action.


Following these three simple rules will help you overcome some common obstacles while building the momentum you need to stay consistent. At the very least, you’ll be able to take all those lemons that life hands you, and make some good (and diet-friendly) lemonade out of them.
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Dean Anderson Dean Anderson
Dean Anderson has master's degrees in human services (behavioral psychology/stress management) and liberal studies. His interest in healthy living began at the age of 50 when he confronted his own morbid obesity and health issues. He joined SparkPeople and lost 150 pounds and regained his health. Dean has earned a personal training certification from ACE and received training as a lifestyle and weight management consultant. See all of Dean's articles.

Member Comments

  • 1STBUCKETITEM
    Great insights and helpful suggestions. Concise yet right to the point, or I should say, 3 points! Thank you for exposing the excuses... - 7/30/2014 3:02:36 PM
  • Thanks! Great advice! - 7/23/2014 1:47:18 PM
  • I've heard it takes 21 days to form a habit, but I didn't realize it could take up to 40! That's a good fact to keep in mind. Thanks! - 2/16/2014 9:44:54 AM
  • PLIDC1
    A little way into reading this article, I said to myself, "Who wrote this? Coach Dean?" Thank you so very much for saying this in a way I can understand it and believe it and put it into practice! Are you that little fly on the wall? - 1/27/2014 10:39:24 AM
  • JAZZ4200
    This article hit home with me. Consistency is the # 1 reason we win and lose. If you are not consistant you will lose and if you are consistent you will win. When I speak of winning I am talking about with us, not against others. Let say you make a decision to live a healthier life style. This is about you and for you, therefore only you can do it and the way to get it done is being CONSISTANT. - 9/18/2013 8:59:07 AM
  • great article thank you spark people
    - 8/7/2013 10:05:28 AM
  • Great article. I like the plan b. - 7/18/2013 7:38:22 AM
  • Thank you. I always find your articles the best for application and really understanding where my blocks are. - 5/2/2013 11:44:26 PM
  • "You start off the day with the best intentions—to exercise, track all your food, and make healthy choices. But then life happens" This jumped right out at me, so true! - 4/16/2013 9:46:30 PM
  • Great ideas in this article. Very reality based!!! - 1/23/2013 8:57:23 AM
  • I wrote these down and put them inside my kindall, which I take everywhere. They are all good reminders. No matter what ails me I always feel better after a workout. The buddy Idea is one that will really help me because I always do better when I have to be accountable to some one else:O) - 12/4/2012 2:43:00 PM
  • i find the more i do the more i want to do and vice versa. - 10/17/2012 7:52:22 AM
  • that was helpful, Am working on plan B now - 10/10/2012 8:26:57 AM
  • I liked this. The other day I wasn't going to go walking, because my legs were bothering me, so I decided if I could come up with 5 reasons not to go , I wouldn't.I went for my walk and my legs didn't hurt any more by walking, then they did sitting.I actually felt better. - 9/4/2012 7:44:20 PM
  • I think this article could be read and re-read to keep motivated. Everything here is common sense. We sometimes fell like our situation is so unique that no one else has these situations come up. Another suggestion might be to get up half an hour earlier each morning and put on you exercise clothes and start moving. Then, if life gets in the way, you've exercised and started your day feeling more motivated. - 9/4/2012 1:37:42 PM